Friday, March 20, 2020

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee

In a futuristic New York City, where the Tower, a vast building housing millions of people and the highest technology known to mankind dominates the NYC skyline, five teenagers with dirty secrets do everything to keep them hidden. This book follows Avery Fuller, a girl who is genetically perfect, but in love with someone she can never be with, Eris Dodd-Ranson, a girl who used to be at the very top but was sent straight to the bottom after a crumbling betreyal and a new discovery, Leda Cole, a girl obsessed with her sister;s best friend and struggling with her addiction to a drug that helped her fit in, Rylin Myers, a girl who will do anything to survive including get trapped in the web of lies that are the residents of the Tower's top floors, and finally Watt Bakradi, a hacker who has a secret weapon that if anyone knew about it, he would definatley get sent to jail. These teens don't realize how close they are to the ground before they start to fall.

Anyone who loves upper class gossip and futuristic technology-governed worlds should read this book. A very good read, I never felt for a second that I was bored and the worldbuilding was superb- everything on why the world functioned the way it did made sense and I never felt any confusion over the futuristic aspect. This book handles important issues very well like addiction, adultury, and social pressure. Two main quibles.
1. At the end, the book played on a major lesbian stereotype which was very dissapointing, considering the casual representation started out very well- a girl moved, met another girl, and fell in love without all of the tragic homophobic backstory angst that is a very popular trope.
2. Setting changes from the tower to the outside world were a bit clunky since so much of what readers see in the novel is in the tower including "outdoor things" so where the charecters are in the outside world can get a bit confusing.
Definatley a book for more mature readers because of the content but a good read and an excellent addition to any YA lovers shelf.

Reviewed by Claire Skye, Grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A Mrs. Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber

The book "A Mrs. Miracle Christmas" by Debbie Macomber is about how Christmas comes with many surprises and miracles. It shows how a married couple, Laurel and Zach have been praying in hope of having a baby, but as time passes on they lose their hope. However, as Christmas arrives with Mrs. Miracle so does their hopes and dreams. Mrs. Miracle was an angel for Laurel. After the great news, Laurel and Zach were motivated in celebrating Christmas.

The book "A Mrs. Miracle Christmas" was a great book to remind yourself that Christmas is a time of hopes and dreams. It also really brought that Christmas spirit, which made me very excited about looking forward to Christmas. The author also showed a great example of how people can lose their hope in something they dream of overtime, but Christmas always brings them back. I recommend this book a lot because it has a great moral of never giving up no matter what.

Reviewed by GH, Grade 8
Glendale Central Library

Monday, March 16, 2020

Queen Bey by Veronica Chambers

The book was about how successful and famous Beyoncè has become over the years. It explained what her successes were for example how she has released so many albums that you can't keep count of, was crowned as a winner at the Grammy awards 22 times. It also said that one of her best performances was at Coachella in 2018. Her performance was shocking to the world. The most amazing thing is that she is not even forthy yet, but is already one of the most wealthy and successful artists out there.

The book "Queen Bey" by Veronica Chambers was probably one of my favorite books I have ever read. I am a huge fan of Beyoncé and reading people's biography. She is also a person to look forward to. She is a very successful artist that has reached life's pinnacles at a young age. Veronica Chambers is a great author who explained every bit of Beyoncé's life in a significant way. I am really looking forward to reading her current and future books.

Reviewed by GH, Grade 8
Glendale Central Library